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Want whiteboard animations in your presentations? Try this great tool

October 15, 2015

We love to try all that’s new and useful in the world of presentations.  We’re ‘early adopters’ here at The Message Business. We were one of the first to try, use and promote, Harvard Graphics in the late 80s, PowerPoint back in the 90’s, Keynote in the 00s and good old Prezi in the 2010s. […]

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Are you in the UK Speechwriter’s Guild?

October 29, 2011

The patients from the Thatcher Memorial home for incurable pedants are occasionally allowed out under supervision I’m a proud member of the UK Speechwriter’s Guild. The purpose of The Guild is to: Sell English language speech-writing skills in Britain and across the world. Bring together political and business leaders to improve their communication skills and exchange ideas. […]

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How original are you?

September 27, 2011

My occasional and much admired colleague, Charles Crawford, shows how using metaphor to make a powerful point, but gently, is an art that never loses it’s impact done well. To do it we have to understand 3 things- That metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar […]

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Female Role Model – Christine Lagarde

September 23, 2011

Here’s another example of a brilliant woman who is also an excellent public speaker- Featured on Marion Chapsal’s engaging public speaking and cooking  blog (my dream day at work, actually)- Simple, Direct, Authentic, Engaging. Lessons from an International French Woman Speaker. | Geronimo Coaching Now. In Marion’s words – What strikes me most, watch­ing her speak on […]

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Great Speeches- Viktor Frankl uses metaphor and a blackboard to make a point

September 22, 2011

Here’s  how to make a great point with metaphor and a blackboard. Viktor Frankl keeps an audience spellbound and makes a point that is still valid today. One of my heroes, proving that if you’ve got a relevant message, then the technology and the visuals ad a little emphasis and no more.  But if you ‘aint got a message it doesn’t much […]

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Role Models in Public Speaking- Rachel Willis

September 21, 2011

Here’s a lady that you probably won’t know.  Rachel Willis, of Virtual Studio TV Ltd. Based in Cambridge, UK. She’s a model for female presenters in corporate life.  She’s calm, professional, confident and feminine.  And more than anything else she’s being herself. What I like about her style is that she blends- The formal/informal style required for most […]

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Great Speech 1- We shall fight them on the beaches

September 21, 2011

Winston Churchill’s finest hour as a leader came in the dark days of 1940-42.  His belligerence and oratory stood out in the world at war.  Politics aside, it’s a great speech for a few simple reasons- It matches the mood- Britain was scared, the future looked grim, the mood was sombre, we were alone. It starts where […]

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How can you ‘connect’ with an audience- Think ‘energy’

September 21, 2011

There are three types of people in business- Those people who take away energy and enthusiasm from a room- ‘dementors’ if you like Harry Potter. Those people that leave the energy and enthusiasm the same in the room after they’ve left as it was when they were in the room- ‘Neutrals’ for want of a better expressions Those […]

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So what’s this Fit, Focus & Flair?

March 28, 2009

Fit: Your presentation should be built with the needs of your audience at the front of your mind and in all of your preparations you should look to answer the following questions: What do they want/need to know? What don’t they want/need to know? How can you find out before you start to prepare? Focus: […]

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